Theatre Scholarships


Theatre Program onstage during a recent tour at Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON


$2000.00 renewable awards are available

Incoming freshman accepted to Marist College may apply for a theatre scholarship. All students must complete the application requirements to be eligible for a scholarship award. Several renewable scholarships are available each year.

There are three ways to apply (choose only one--all options receive equal consideration):
Option 1. Attend an on-campus audition after receiving an acceptance letter to Marist, on February 24 for ED/EA applicants.

Option 2. Email an electronic audition file after receiving an acceptance letter to Marist  for all applicants, due by April 9. Send links to, or for Google drive:

Option 3. Submit via email a 1000 word essay. Your essay should describe how the study of theatre will teach you specific skills that may be applied to a variety of career paths, as well as how your involvement will enrich the theatre community at Marist. Due April 9, send to

For Option 1: AUDITION DATE: February 24, 2018:  Auditions are held the morning of our Theatre Open House. There is a separate registration for a Scholarship appointment (to register for Theatre Open House, click the tab on left sidebar.)

To schedule a Theatre Scholarship audition, contact:
Ms. Lisa Bellis
845-575-3000 ext. 2490

Theatre Scholarship Applicants: Audition or Essay Requirements:

•Option 1 and 2:  Audition: One (1) one-minute contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue, and One (1) one-minute Shakespearean monologue or One (1) one-minute Broadway song a capella
 Option 3: Essay: Approximately 1000 words (1000-1200 words)
 All: One (1) recommendation letter form a high school drama director or teacher and completed Theatre Scholarship Application      Form (click here for application form)
  • Students should allot 10 minutes for the audition (2 minutes total for the monologues/song) and brief interview. Application materials are due at the audition appointment.
  • Auditions are held in the Nelly Goletti Theatre, 3rd floor Student Center.
  • Students interested in technical theatre or theatre management may interview instead of audition or simply choose the essay option for aplication.   

Students on Theatre Scholarship must meet the following requirements for maintaining scholarship renewal:

  • Students will declare either an English major with a Theatre Concentration OR a Theatre Minor (your choice).
  • Students will audition for one-two productions per academic year, as assigned by the Program Director. If not cast after two auditions, student will be assigned a technical/administrative position.
  • While in rehearsal, students will not have any commitments or evening classes that conflict with routine rehearsal hours of 6:30-10:00 M-F and 10-4 weekends (approximately six-seven weeks).
  • Students will maintain full-time enrollment  and a 2.85 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Quality counts, scholarship may not be renewed as a result of poor performance or poor attendance.

(click here for complete Scholarship requirements)

For more information on the Theatre Program, please contact:
Prof. Matt Andrews
Director of the Marist Theatre Program
Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-575-3000 ext. 7507